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Happy new year, y'all! I simplified the thread title a bit this year - hope that's okay with you guys. If not, call the mods!

Let's start 2020 off right with this banger from late November:

Sarkodie - Oofeetsɔ ft. Prince Bright [Buk Bak]

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 13:11 (three weeks ago) link

rolling Afropop / Afrobeats / Afrodance 2019

2019 thread for reference

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 14:38 (three weeks ago) link


ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Thursday, 9 January 2020 09:11 (two weeks ago) link

That’s what you get for dragging your feet! Glad there’s a new thread tho.

If I can make one general request to everyone posting here: please add song info when you’re posting a YouTube or any other link. This not only makes it easier to search the thread, but also so many of these links go dead, often sooner than later, especially when they’re not the “official” ones (I mean, just have a look at last year’s thread).

Hope to be posting some stuff soon (there’s plenty!), if I can get myself in the right mindset.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 11:20 (two weeks ago) link

Okay, here goes:

longneck, that Sarkodie x Prince Bright track is a banger indeed. Talk about a pair of old hands... Buk Bak, the group Prince Bright started out in, made an azonto classic in 2012 with “Kolom”:
(and I only just now found out
that they were veterans even then.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:51 (two weeks ago) link

But back to the here and now: Give me a single reason why there wouldn’t be a new Nini album in 2020:
Niniola • Omo Rapala

Reminder: This song wasn’t nominated for the EOY, but “Boda Sodiq” was, so you can vote🔶 for that one!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:52 (two weeks ago) link

Califor...naija Love:
Davido ft. WurlD, Naira Marley & Zlatan • Sweet in the Middle

Reminder: You can vote🔶 for the album it’s from in the EOY (as well as for the track “Disturbance” - too bad “Risky” wasn’t nominated).
Love how big African artists can now make albums that appeal both to their home market and the world at large, mainly because, unlike before, r&b/rap/urban(o) is more than ready to meet Afropop halfway.
I’m linking the Pitchfork review ufo mentioned in the 2019 thread because it’s a very good piece. Wish there was more writing on Afropop like this.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:56 (two weeks ago) link

More Naija: Fireboy DML is making good on the promise of “Jealous” (a song you should definitely vote🔶 for in the EOY). Kinda crazy, but his album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps is handsomely outstreaming both the Davido and the Starboy EP. And it’s only right, this is perfect Naija pop. The new video is for “Scatter”:

“Vibration” is the other big track:

...but you should also definitely listen to “Gbas Gbos” (and by then you might want to vote🔶 for the album in the EOY - it’s been nominated, so go right ahead!)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:00 (two weeks ago) link

Will vote

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:13 (two weeks ago) link

👍 winning over the ILM electorate one voter at a time

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 18:58 (two weeks ago) link

"Jealous" is a strong contender for my #1 slot and I've never heard the album! Will have to rectify asap

rob, Thursday, 9 January 2020 21:17 (two weeks ago) link

It’s only been out for six weeks or so. I wasn’t too crazy about the follow-up singles to “Jealous”, so my expectations weren’t particularly high, but the album blew me away - and like I said, it’s not just me: besides being the #1 album in Nigeria, it’s also #1 in Ghana and Uganda, which is quite extraordinary for a rookie like him.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 22:14 (two weeks ago) link

Breastcrawl,do you (or someone else) think you could make a playlist of all the nom'd thread related tracks? As I think I mentioned I didn't have the time to nom anything this year and need to catch up on all of your faves.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 09:39 (two weeks ago) link

I have an overall South African playlist in the works, and I can make a rest-of-Africa tracks one too. Watch this space. Later today okay?

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 10:33 (two weeks ago) link

yay! (okay!)

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 12:10 (two weeks ago) link

So, I made a playlist with all the nominated SOUTH AFRICAN tracks and albums (including two tracks by non-SA artists with significant input by SA artists/producers: “That’s For Me” and “My Power”).

First the 36** nominated tracks, from “Sondela” to “John Cena”, and after that the 9 nominated albums, from Sho Madjozi down to Tresor, where we come full circle. I arranged both tracks and albums in an approximation of stylistic order.

Here’s the playlist:

**Missing is Heavy K ft. Moonchild Sanelly’s “Yebo Mama”, which is not on Spotify. This is the video:

(...and a note regarding Kwiish SA’s “Iskhathi”: The original vocal version that I love so much seems to have disappeared completely (I think there was a rights issue). The “Vocal Version” that is on Spotify (and this playlist) is no longer the original vocal version with, you know, actual vocals. There is a video version with re-recorded vocals by Vukani, but it’s not nearly as good.)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:14 (two weeks ago) link

And as promised, I also made a playlist with the nominated [non-South African] AFROPOP tracks, and I threw in the albums as well. Again, it’s tracks first, albums second, 51 tracks and 19 albums to be precise.

It’s “pop” in the broadest sense: My focus was on the stuff that’s featured on this thread but I also included more leftfield stuff: DJ Nigga Fix, Hama and the four (!) Nyege Nyege Tapes albums that were nominated, and music that’s more within the remit of the Global Outernational thread, by KOKOKO!, Blick Bassy, Salif Keita, and Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba. Plus I included an exclusive Afropop cut of The Lion King: The Gift. And yeah, I basically excluded Afrodiasporic stuff.

Ultimately, it’s all a bit arbitrary obviously, and I might have missed some things, but whatever. So skip away and enjoy!

That playlist in full:

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:47 (two weeks ago) link

Apologies to DJ Nigga Fox for the typo. Here’s his nominated track “Vício” to make up for it:

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 22:20 (two weeks ago) link

Breastcrawl is the main reason I'd like a 'like post' feature :) Thanks! For these playlists, and for posting so much good music throughout the year.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 09:45 (two weeks ago) link

brilliant. thanks!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 10:37 (two weeks ago) link

You’re welcome, guys. Glad you appreciate it!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 11:01 (two weeks ago) link

listening to the Fireboy album now and would recommend anyone doing likewise to skip the opening track which is, IMO, just on the wrong side of corny. Also this way you start with Vibration

rob, Thursday, 16 January 2020 15:01 (one week ago) link

Good tip, but... (how) did you like the album?

breastcrawl, Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:05 (one week ago) link

I didn't get all the way to the end but I liked what I heard. It's very mellow; no surprise there, but it kind of washed over me. I will probably give it another chance soon I think

rob, Thursday, 16 January 2020 23:28 (one week ago) link

Yo Pe (Remix), the hit from Innoss'B and Diamond Platnumz wasn't posted in the 2019 thread, so I'm throwing some East-Eastern vibes to start off the thread.

Nabozo, Sunday, 19 January 2020 14:02 (one week ago) link

I've been sleeping on Skales for a while but these two Oliver Twists are pretty good:


Official video for the remix will be out in a couple of hours:

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 24 January 2020 10:36 (five days ago) link

This is exactly what I want to hear right now:

Diamond Platnumz ft. Teni • Sound

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 22:19 (yesterday) link

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